Still, holdouts remained, and for a short time the neighborhood boasted a peculiar multiculturalism, best embodied by Wee Kee—a former Norwegian restaurant reborn as a "Chinese-Norwegian-American" one. (I remember eating here as a kid, and my family getting quite a kick out of the novelty, an experience surely repeated by many Brooklyn families of Scandinavian heritage in the early 90s.)
Perhaps the last institution representing the bygone Scandinavian population, the Danish Athletic Club, a social club and party space-for-rent (where my parents had their wedding reception!), may not be open much longer, Brooklyn Ink reports. Club membership once numbered upwards of 700, but today has dwindled to below 50. "People move away and people die," the club's president told the website. "It’s hard to keep the club open when we’re down so low."